Welcome to My Hat Trick! I am very pleased to “meet” you. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being a writer. I enjoyed writing poetry and short stories and started my first journal when I was eleven years old. For as long as I can remember, I have loved reading, dreaming, exploring, and stargazing. I love to cuddle! I love practicing yoga and I absolutely, positively love making people laugh (especially my kids!).
I attended Michigan State University and while I studied some English and writing, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to be when I grew up. After graduation I moved to Alexandria, Virginia and took my first job as an administrative assistant at NCTE, a non-profit membership organization for English teachers. I helped edit journal articles, wrote a little, and did a lot of other stuff. I went on to work with a couple other non-profits in Washington, D.C. before I landed my first writing job as a technical writer. It wasn’t the kind of writing I had dreamed of doing as a child, but I really enjoyed the craft and was happy to be employed as a writer. After work, I spent a lot of time volunteering in various capacities at a shelter for battered women and their children in D.C. I was so deeply moved and disturbed by the stories of the women and children I met at the shelter that I decided to pursue a degree in Social Work. About two weeks after my husband and I relocated to Michigan for grad school, we found out I was pregnant with our first child. Once I completed my MSW at the University of Michigan, I decided to “stay-at-home” with my son.
When my dad died unexpectedly in March 2010, I again turned to writing to explore my grief. Almost a year later, I started using My Hat Trick to share some of what I have discovered about life and loss. I live in Southeast Michigan with my husband, our three children, and a great big yellow lab.